Episode 4 Autumnwatch Unsprung


Episode 4

Informal live discussion after the main Autumnwatch programme. Michaela Strachan, Martin Hughes-Games and Chris Packham answer questions and look at viewers' photos and videos.


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We've got creepy Crawley spiders. Things that screech in the dark.

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have got that's in your hair. have got the one and only, the man

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who knows the dark side will stop visit Hallowe'en? Not yet. No, it's

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Autumnwatch Unsprung! What a fabulous audience we have

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today. Of course, we have the essential, keeping us all in order,

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and getting odder messages. It's a L'Orage. As I mentioned earlier,

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its neck. You're talking about the black build a blackbird? That was

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an little bit of a worry because last week, some of you send in

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photographs and asked questions about blackbirds and Chris said

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that they were probably... This thing was, people wrote in and said,

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these are just amateur blackbirds but at the that was unfair because

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we didn't prison it was immature blackbirds. We got they were black

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with properly black bowls. Look at these pictures please. There they

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are, this is an example of exactly what you were talking about. The

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the one on the bottom left-hand corner, right hand corner, is a

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proper black bird. The others look like immature blackbirds and we're

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not interested in those. I didn't know what it meant when it came to

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these faux blackbirds so tell us. He it's on my card, apparently!

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official response is, some juveniles that have underdeveloped

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yellow beaks yet but we get birds that come in from Scandinavia over

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the winter and they are slightly slimmer and have these distinctive

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darker birds. There are Scandinavian the blackbirds. We got

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that from our friends at the BT though. We have real treats, Mark

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Bardsley who has been here before, look at these, you will like these

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a lot. Who is this supposed to be? Years is brilliant, but at the

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detail in that. I don't look like that, do I? Look at mine, we

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haven't changed our tea-cosy this week but I have one on my head and

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look, we have a naturalist their and the sticky toffee apple - it's

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absolutely Fabulous. I like the way I've got bird's legs! What I like

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down in the corner is the associated species. A I think we

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should have an audience from the vote - whose thinks that Martin's

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looks like him? Who thinks that mine is a good image of me? Chris?

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He is accomplished, that is fantastic. That will take pride of

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place in my toilet. I'm only joking, I'm really chuffed with that.

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we have a quiz? Let's have the Quiz here. Right, because this week his

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ass go on courses and we have three skulls. We have been talking about

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all these animals in the series so far. The first one is this small

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one at the bottom here. Look at the distinctive shape and those eye

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sockets. The eye sockets and the shape of the beak. The second one,

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a much larger scale, covered in some distracted wedding. A species

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we have been talking a lot about. Cover the name up! The third one is

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a much smaller one because that teachers will need to be seen to

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provide a clue as to what this is. I have to tell you that this is not

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a full adult of this species, this is an animal that is have grown and

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it was full size, it would be out here. The other parties to identify

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a this breed of dog. A wonderful breed Of Dock, which breed is that?

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Does anyone know what they might be? We have a few. Let's have some

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questions. Billy - why don't feed fares breed here in the UK? They

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have bred here but not in large numbers. There are sporadic

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breeders. They have bred in Scotland. They are a bird that has

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adapted to a thrash which is breeding in the northern parts of

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Europe. We have thrash, song thrushes and blackbirds and they

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have evolved to live in an environment for the North and so as

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a consequence, there are aspects of their physiology not suited to this

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this eulogy. As climate change continues, they will be pushed

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further our words. Presumably they have a similar diets to our native

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thrushes. There are always subtle differences, that is the whole

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point. To separate yourself from your nearest rivals, reduce

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competition so you have a resource to yourself. At some point in the

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origin of the evolution of the thrush of birds, they had separated

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so they have nested in the Highlands, they probably do still

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every year but not very many. next one sent us a letter with a

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weird at a corner. I think the record is in there. Please can you

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solve a mystery. Just off a beach, I came across scrolls looking like

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acorns but on further inspection, there were no cooked trees but she

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located these unidentified trees. I know these extremely well. These

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are home book Trees, 16 century invaders and they are evergreens so

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they don't lose their leaves. They are tolerant to living on rough

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conditions and they took over a little bit. I do a lot conservation

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work in difficult places and I am forever chopping down these because

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people don't like them. But they provide good cover in the winter

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and there was one year us which was a great roosting site for birds

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because they are evergreen. They are not all bad. And not going to

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cut them down any more! That is the second question about acorns. We

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have a good sound question from Joe he says, what is this signed?

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GRUNTING. Does anybody know what that is? Anyone have any idea?

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Let's hear it again. It doesn't even sound leaden animal. I've got

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very low volume, to be honest, but it could be a keeper career. It was

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recorded in the Forest of Dean. sounds more like a bird, that

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repetitive call. Can we have it at a higher volume. I just been told

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him idea what it is. It is a raving. - Mike Raven. We've been saying

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curious things have been happening this autumn and many have been

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talking about strange bird nesting habits. Chris SOBS swallows on the

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nest in October, but as ridiculously late. Jehan saw

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magpies are building a nest just last week and gym socks and

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ducklings on Wednesday. But then we heard about this very extreme

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example. Can you please come in? Look at that, he is hissing isn't

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he? We ought to say that this is a wild bird and Pauline wants to keep

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this bird or wild. Where did he come from? He has been in with us

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for a fortnight life. He was taken into a vet so we hope that there

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are no siblings needing help but a bar and now at this age is six

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months too early or six months too late. He is facing a harsh winter

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and it is a problem but there are a species that breed in every month

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of the year. If we get a year where there is lots of food, they will

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have one batch, then another, then another so they are designed to

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respond in this way. I remember seeing some that had just left a

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nest of Christmas Day! If he was let in the wild, would he make it?

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If he was being fed by the adults, they would rare a few out of their

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brood but for them, success is getting one or two of them through.

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For him, without his parents he but perished very quickly. Have we

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actually said that it is a barn owl? Sir, It is a barn owl. You are

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hoping that somebody in the country, somebody out there might know of

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another chick because she would like another? Obviously we are

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going to release it but it won't be until the spring and he will do so

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much better if he can be with another young a barn owl so if

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there is another one in captivity waiting for Rehabilitation, it

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would be good to get the two together so that he doesn't face a

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winter on his own. I have known you for years and you have brought up

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all sorts of animals are usually in your house but have you ever looked

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after barn owls before? At one time, be used to do the barn owl release

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scheme and for many years we were part of that before they eventually

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decided that it wasn't successful and was stopped. We have done barn

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owls quite a lot but I had never ever seen a barn are at this time

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of year at this age. Are you hopeful for his release? I think so,

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we would have to take him through to the spring but we bring up our

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birds now so it will be nice to follow what happens. He has stopped

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kissing. Thank you so much for bringing him in and good luck.

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Thatcher Christmas sorted out, you'll be feeding him mice. We like

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to get questions from the public and we like to get out and about to

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see people who want to ask us questions so we went to a rather

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unusual group this week to see what Hello Autumnwatch. We are the Avon

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bat group. How do you want me to start? I'm Joe, what's the largest

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fugi in Britain.? We are picking up a bat and it's a pippistral. Almost

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every evening we seem to have a frog in the garden but we don't

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have any ponds near us. I wondered how far frogs travel? Vampire bats,

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flower bats... Hello, I'm Josephine. Hello, I'm Ethan. Can beavers

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climb? Can badgers climb? Look, go on? Can bats walk? Thanks and bye!

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It's the Avon bat group, not the Trust asking those questions. Did

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you get the questions? No, remind me, please. One of them about the

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largest ever fungi. That could be a trick question. Yes! When you look

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at the if you thinkal body that,'s only a tiny part of the organism

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because the bulk of it, the mycelia which look like white threads

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spread over huge areas and in a forest, they can spread for

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kilometres, so if you manage to pull them out of the soil,

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impossible task, something like you do in a fairy tail, just get a

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Princess or something, they'll be absolutely massive. So it could be

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a trick question. Other than that, I thought it was beef stake fungus

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but it wasn't. There was a thing called a giant polyfore fungus.

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big was it? Big! Massive. Very, very massive! So the answer is a

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very big one. Sorry. Richard asks, how far do frag frog travel? A long

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way, there you go, I can answer this one. These questions are great.

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Do badgers climb? Yes. Frogs - about a kilometre? They will travel

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a long way from their ponds to find somewhere to hibernate. So if you

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haven't a pond in your garden, you might have somewhere where they

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want to hibernate, or they might be going across your garden to your

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neighbour's garden which is a hotspot for hibernating. They go

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back to their breeding ponds and sometimes people stop them getting

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run over because they aggregate in one spot. On a if you occasions,

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they'll travel far. Josephine, do badgers climb, she asked? I love

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this. We can do better than answer that. Some film has been sent in

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from Guy. Look at this. Fantastic! Stirling effort. That must have

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been about five foot. Badgers can definitely climb and honey badgers,

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they can't jump at all, but if they want to get up something, I've

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filmed this, they create a little tower, they drag blocks in, they

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keep looking where they want to g, pull in another and another and

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make a tower. That reminds me of the incredible badger that

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performed in a circus in 1987! Anyway, yes, so they do climb. Very

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well. How far? I'm joking, they didn't ask that. Ethan wants to

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know, do bats walk? We can answer that as well. They don't just walk,

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What is going on?! A couple of bats floating over your head. Yes.

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know the clocks change on Saturday night, it gives us an extra hour.

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What is everyone going to do with that? I'm going to get someone

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who's currently offline online because the BBC are running an

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excellent campaign which is designed to get more people web

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active, if you like. It's worth doing, particularly for us, because

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we rely on your comments which come in via the website. There might be

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some people out there, for one reason or another, who're not

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online so. Think about joining that campaign. I have a web address for

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you, www.bbc.co.uk/givanhour. Just an hour of your time, to introduce

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someone to the wonders of the web. It's got to be worth it.

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special guest now, great friend of mine and someone I've worked with

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on the Really Wild Show for years, it's Nick Baker. Nick's braut all

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sorts of creepy Crawleys in for us on the Halloween theme -- brought.

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They're the sort we have in our houses and we overlook them and

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don't even notice them, do we? These are as much about autumn as

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anything. These, if it's wet over the next couple of weeks, you can

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go looking for these in your own house. This is Ian by the way,

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filming these with the special camera. Don't lose him. Oh, no!

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There's a spare! I've got it. That's a daddy long legs spider.

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Really difficult to say. I prefrb its Latin name. -- prefer its Latin

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name. They are so brilliant. It's got very long, thin spindly legs

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which, when you think about what they feed on, they specialise in

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eating other spiders, if they were trying to wrap up their prey next

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to them, they're likely to get a nip so they process it at arm's

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length. They're cool spiders. You can find them in any quiet corner

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of your house. Really cool. They get confused with these guys, not a

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spider at all. I don't know how we are going to get a shot of that.

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Another daddy long legs. That is actually a harvestman. It's an

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arachni but not a spider. Early shepherds apparently used to wear

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stilts in order to keep an eye on their flock and that's what these

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guys are supposed to look like. What, because they kept an eye on

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sheep? It's OK, I got it! There's your harvestman. The other daddy

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long legs is the crane fly which I've tried so hard to find for you

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so we have all three, but this weather's destroyed them. Is it a

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good year for spiders and creepy Crawleys in your house? It's been a

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brilliant year in the sense of, we had a brilliant dry start. Many

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survived the vulnerable stage because of that. At this time of

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year, everything's maturing so the spiders that set off on the journey,

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a lot of them made it and a lot of them are big and adult. This one

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over here, the garden cross spider, is the one you will notice stuck

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slap-bang in the middle of the classic webs at the moment. You can

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see the cross on its back there. Nick, I know you've got loads of

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spiders to show us, but we've run out of time to show them. Already.

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They're fantastic and Chris you are going to set a challenge, aren't

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you? We have had a good idea here from a lady called Amy who said,

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why don't you try and find the biggest house spider in the UK.

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It's a good idea because people exaggerate the size of spiders all

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the time. People say they had a spider in the house like that. Go

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and see. Photograph them, send it in, but you've got to put a ruler

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or something of a known size in the photograph so that we can calculate

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how big your spider is. Perhaps we can come up with a prize for

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Britain's biggest spider. excellent idea. I would like to

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start the ball rolling. I took this photograph this morning in my

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upstairs bathroom. I tried to get the 20p near the spider but it was

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difficult. This is my own first attempt. He's called Eddie, he's

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eaten two of his wives so far. He's a brute actually. That's the

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beginning. That's the 20p? Yes. You've got to get it closer, please.

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I tried prodding him. Use more expertise than Hugh's games over

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here. I thought it was a good effort. And the cardinal spider, so

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called because it frightened Cardinal Walsey centuries ago, they

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were supposed to be 13 centimetres. Always exaggerating. Time for a

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special, special quiz. It has its own sting. Let's have the sting,

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Marvellous. We've only got time for one poo apparently. Loads of poos

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here. Let's have a look at the poo. Have a look at this. That's

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beautiful. Do you know what, I'm afraid that's not poo. Ten by four,

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not poo at all? Looks like a pellet of a cow. It's a pellet. I've got

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one similar in my collection! more for you, quickly, have a look

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at that one? Got to get it out! Test-tube from Nigel Brown.

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won't come out. This is a man who collected poo as a child! Must have

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come from the Isle of Wight I suppose. Can't get to the poo.

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While you are doing that, shall we go... There you go. Yummy. OK. It

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says brown. Yes. The smell isn't characteristic. It's been damaged

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by moths. I'm searching for excuses but it's got insect remains in it

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so some sort of predator in there. It's quite small. I'm not sure this

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is a poo. I think this could be a pellet as well. We did a special

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poo quiz thing as well! It's a bit of a poo... Shall we try to get

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some quizzy answery things? Yes. Are we doing the answers? Yes.

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Anyone got them Allwright? Loads of people got them Allwright. A small

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apology to make because loads of people got it right even though we

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labelled them wrongly on the web. Craig Round, Nick Tobb and Nicola

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Main were gong the first to get it right. Large eye sockets and of

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course that predator beak identify this as a tawny owl. Skull two,

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well, down here you are looking for the tusks. This could only be one

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animal from the UK and it's the one and only wild boor, the skull of a

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male here. And this one? It was the teeth, the canines at the front.

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Clearly, it's a type of otter. Part D, the finest dogs in the world.

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They were poodles. Well done to everybody who got it right. We have

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some buggy questions now. Baker boy, in you come. You should answer some

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of these. Joanne Clegg sent us this picture if we can have the picture.

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These spiders were concentrated in one field. It was like a sea of wet

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cob webs coating every blade of grass and when you look closely,

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there were millions of little black spiders and under the web, there

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were flies and other insects trapped. Next day it was all gone.

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Whofrpblgts sent that in, Tol st oy? -- Tolstoy. Why one field and

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why just one day? Chris gave me a quick flash. They could be

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youngsters. They do ballooning this time of year, when you get a good

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day, you used to get lots of down floating in the sky. Spiders do a

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lot of ballooning and join up the grass webs. Not sure what this is

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exactly going on, but what happens is, you get convection currents and

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a cold air, warm sun, all the cob webs lift in the air and it comes

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down again. Joanna Clegg sent this one in and this one in. I think

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they're youngsters dispersing, they go up and become aeriel plankton

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and travel many miles up there. live one from Jim O'Neil. A live

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question. The red mites found on the underside of beetles, are they

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parasites or do they benefit the beetle? It depend on the species.

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Some will be parasites and some will be getting from A-to-B like

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catching a bus. One from STVPQ - my goodness - love slugs and I noticed

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many with passengers on. The Millie peeds appear to be attracted to

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slugs and apear to groom them. Why do they do this? I was out trying

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to catch crane flies for you guys, millipedes like the sugars and

:27:27.:27:32.

proteins in the slime. doesn't?! I do suck a slug every

:27:32.:27:36.

now and again myself. Wood lice do it and mites. If you look at a slug

:27:36.:27:39.

closely, when it opens its breathing pore, you will see little

:27:40.:27:44.

white mites running round, then they rush to get in before it shuts

:27:44.:27:47.

the pore. That's all we've got time for. It's Halloween this weekend so

:27:47.:27:52.

there are loads of things going on. Let me make my way to the map and

:27:52.:27:56.

level-headed Joe will tell us where to go this weekend to get out and

:27:56.:27:59.

about. There are events right across the country so go to the

:27:59.:28:03.

things to do part of the website, put in your postcode and you can

:28:03.:28:08.

find things near you. Tomorrow, the Al-Arabiya are holding an arts and

:28:08.:28:14.

crafts eevent at the Royal botanical gardens in Edinburgh --

:28:14.:28:18.

the RSPB. The National Trust have an event just outside Birmingham

:28:18.:28:22.

and also, if you want to see some wild life at the weekend, the

:28:22.:28:28.

barnacle geese are coming in en mass in the Solway Firth. Bradgate

:28:28.:28:33.

Park in Leicester, an event there. A heap of swans arriving in

:28:33.:28:36.

Northern Ireland. Of course, it is Halloween, so

:28:36.:28:39.

there will be masss to do and so get out there, see some wildlife

:28:39.:28:45.

and have some fun. Yes. We are going to see the barnacle geese,

:28:45.:28:50.

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